Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 1 Study # 8
July 29, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<193> Thesis: The "Abba-son-heir" logical progression is specifically designed to move us so far into the realms of "Grace" that we no longer feel any "need" to put distance between us and God. Introduction: It is clear from a casual perusal of the two paragraphs of Galatians 3:25-29 and Galatians 4:1-7 that Paul is repeating himself. It is obvious that he is addressing the believer's freedom from "Law" and that this "freedom" is underwritten by the actions of God and the individual's confidence in those actions as both sufficient and effective (3:26 -- we are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus ... 4:4-5 -- God apostelized His Son so that we might receive the adoption of sons). Thus, we have to ask ourselves what emphatic point Paul was attempting to make in the psyche of his readers. What is so "big" that it needs a "double-whammy" to put it in its place?